GRADUATION DAY for a VICTIM OF INCEST
A reading of Chapter 14, “Graduation” from the memoir, “No Tears for my Father”
Vigaland Book Podcast #16 of the Memoir, “No Tears for my Father”
In today’s world, Graduation from Grade 8 has become much fancier, more expensive, more everything than what it was like to graduate in 1960. Back then, if parents could afford it, we got a nice new dress, attended a small ceremony and were handed our diplomas. Afterwards, if a classmate’s family agreed, one of us would throw an in-house party and invite as many as the folks allowed. There was none of this hiring limousines, getting our hair done, fancy grad dress shopping and attending a big prom or dance in some fancy venue. Oh how things have changed!
One of my classmates threw a small graduation party for our group. Both girls and boys were invited. With a possessive, sexually abusive father like mine, I was never allowed to attend parties of any kind, not even all-girl parties. So when I somehow found the courage to ask my father if I could attend this party, a last chance to see my friends before we all headed off to new schools etc., I truly hoped he might see this as an important rite of passage and give me the okay, just once, to go to a party.
Did he? You’ll need to listen to the podcast above to find out what it was like for me, a victim of incest, to graduate from Grade 8 in 1960.
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